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Tom Cruise and the cast members of Top Gun: Maverick open up about the movie’s production process

Tom Cruise and the cast members of Top Gun: Maverick open up about the movie's production process 2

Tom Cruise and the cast of Top Gun: Maverick discussed various elements of their training process in a behind-the-scenes video that was released on Monday.

In the clip, the 59-year-old performer and his castmates were seen flying in fighting jets while working on the long-awaited sequel to the hit 1986 action-drama feature.

The forthcoming movie has been in the works for several years and it is currently set to have its world premiere later this month.

Speaking out: Tom Cruise and the cast of Top Gun: Maverick discussed various elements of their training process in a behind-the-scenes video that was released on Monday

Speaking out: Tom Cruise and the cast of Top Gun: Maverick discussed various elements of their training process in a behind-the-scenes video that was released on Monday

Cruise, who also serves as one of Top Gun: Maverick’s producers, noted that he and the feature’s team wanted to start the project by producing a solid storyline.

‘I wasn’t ready to make a sequel until we had a special story worthy of a sequel,’ he said.

The performer also noted that he and his collaborators held off on working on the sequel until ‘technology evolved so we could delve deeper into the experience of a fighter pilot.’

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer also commented on how the original Top Gun made a serious impression on many of its viewers.

Solid starting point: Cruise, who also serves as one of Top Gun: Maverick's producers, noted that he and the feature's team wanted to start the project by producing a solid storyline

Solid starting point: Cruise, who also serves as one of Top Gun: Maverick’s producers, noted that he and the feature’s team wanted to start the project by producing a solid storyline

Taking their time: The performer also noted that he and his collaborators held off on working on the sequel until 'technology evolved so we could delve deeper into the experience of a fighter pilot'

Taking their time: The performer also noted that he and his collaborators held off on working on the sequel until ‘technology evolved so we could delve deeper into the experience of a fighter pilot’

He noted that ‘the first movie became something that changed a generation, so this is exciting to come back and get in those jets again.’

Cruise made a point of emphasizing the intense training that the movie’s cast underwent during the project’s production process. 

He recalled that ‘we worked with the navy and the Top Gun school to formulate how to shoot it practically, because if we’re going to do it, we’re going to fly F-18s.’

Bruckheimer stressed that ‘the aviation sequences had to be real. So, our actors went through three months of grueling training.’

Hands-on: Cruise made a point of emphasizing the intense training that the movie's cast underwent during the project's production process

Hands-on: Cruise made a point of emphasizing the intense training that the movie’s cast underwent during the project’s production process

Doing it right: He recalled that 'we worked with the navy and the Top Gun school to formulate how to shoot it practically, because if we're going to do it, we're going to fly F-18s'

Doing it right: He recalled that ‘we worked with the navy and the Top Gun school to formulate how to shoot it practically, because if we’re going to do it, we’re going to fly F-18s’

Sparing no expense: Bruckheimer stressed that 'the aviation sequences had to be real. So, our actors went through three months of grueling training'

Sparing no expense: Bruckheimer stressed that ‘the aviation sequences had to be real. So, our actors went through three months of grueling training’

At one point, several actors were seen working with Navy service members during aquatic practice sessions that involved performers being placed into a rotating device and being held underwater.

Cruise noted that ‘the Navy says: “If you eject, you have to be able to survive in the water.” So we had to go through that challenging underwater program.’

Several performers were then shown being submerged while going through a mock underwater evacuation session. 

Cast member Greg Tarzan Davis commented: ‘It’s intense. You’re flipped, inverted, and you have to try to get out.

Doing the most: At one point, several actors were seen working with Navy service members during aquatic practice sessions that involved performers being placed into a rotating device and being held underwater

Doing the most: At one point, several actors were seen working with Navy service members during aquatic practice sessions that involved performers being placed into a rotating device and being held underwater

Pro tips: Cruise noted that 'the Navy says: "If you eject, you have to be able to survive in the water." So we had to go through that challenging underwater program'

Pro tips: Cruise noted that ‘the Navy says: “If you eject, you have to be able to survive in the water.” So we had to go through that challenging underwater program’

High-stress environment: Several performers were then shown being submerged while going through a mock underwater evacuation session

High-stress environment: Several performers were then shown being submerged while going through a mock underwater evacuation session

Monica Barbaro also spoke about how Cruise adopted a hands-on method to preparing the performers for their roles in the movie. 

She pointed out that ‘Tom designed this all-encompassing aviation training for all the actors.’

Cruise then stated that he had cast members start their flight exercises by flying single-engine planes ‘to build up their spatial awareness inside the aircraft.’

Footage of Top Gun: Maverick’s cast members moving from aircraft to aircraft was also shown, and many of the actors appeared to be excited by the prospect of performing in the air.

Doing his part: Monica Barbaro also spoke about how Cruise adopted a hands-on method to preparing the performers for their roles in the movie

Doing his part: Monica Barbaro also spoke about how Cruise adopted a hands-on method to preparing the performers for their roles in the movie

Starting off small: Cruise then stated that he had cast members start their flight exercises by flying single-engine planes 'to build up their spatial awareness inside the aircraft'

Starting off small: Cruise then stated that he had cast members start their flight exercises by flying single-engine planes ‘to build up their spatial awareness inside the aircraft’

Natural aviators: Footage of Top Gun: Maverick's cast members moving from aircraft to aircraft was also shown, and many of the actors appeared to be excited by the prospect of performing in the air

Natural aviators: Footage of Top Gun: Maverick’s cast members moving from aircraft to aircraft was also shown, and many of the actors appeared to be excited by the prospect of performing in the air

Director Joseph Kosinski then remarked that the performers were also in charge of setting up their own shots while flying. 

‘The actors also had to learn how to run cameras, because when they’re up in a jet, they had to direct themselves, essentially,’ he said.

Glen Powell commented that, although asking cast members to fly planes and act at the same time was an intimidating task, Cruise wanted to elicit the best performances that he could from everyone in front of the cameras.

‘Everyone thought it would be impossible for actors to really be in the jets, but that’s the gift that Tom gave us,’ he said.

Difficult task: Director Joseph Kosinski then remarked that the performers were also in charge of setting up their own shots while flying

Difficult task: Director Joseph Kosinski then remarked that the performers were also in charge of setting up their own shots while flying

Hard work: The filmmaker noted that 'the actors also had to learn how to run cameras, because when they're up in a jet, they had to direct themselves'

Hard work: The filmmaker noted that ‘the actors also had to learn how to run cameras, because when they’re up in a jet, they had to direct themselves’

Dedicated: Glen Powell commented that, although asking cast members to fly planes and act at the same time was an intimidating task, Cruise wanted to elicit the best performances that he could from everyone in front of the cameras

Dedicated: Glen Powell commented that, although asking cast members to fly planes and act at the same time was an intimidating task, Cruise wanted to elicit the best performances that he could from everyone in front of the cameras

Jay Ellis described the project as ‘definitely the most amazing thing I’ve ever done. All of the training one hundred percent prepared us.’

Cruise concluded by stating: ‘I’m very proud of what we all accomplished. Each one of them is extraordinary.’ 

Top Gun: Maverick is set to have its world premiere at CinemaCon on April 28, and it will have its wide release in the United States on May 27. 

Coming soon: Top Gun: Maverick is set to have its world premiere at CinemaCon on April 28, and it will have its wide release in the United States on May 27

Coming soon: Top Gun: Maverick is set to have its world premiere at CinemaCon on April 28, and it will have its wide release in the United States on May 27

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